A 1912 ad in the SF Call (public domain)

The Pantages Theatre (1912–1946) at 416 12th Street (between Broadway & Franklin), was built as a vaudeville theater by Alex Pantages, owner of a theater chain.1 Over its 34-year existence as a theater, the building had multiple owners and “numerous” name changes; it was known as the Lurie (1923), Hippodrome (1926), Premier (1932), Roosevelt (1934), and finally the Downtown (1939).”2

In 1947 the building became the Oakland Tribune’s printing press facility, and in 2007 was ‘redeveloped’ into mixed-use space by MPF Corporation.3

The building is a member of the Downtown Oakland Historic District.

Links and References

  1. “Pantages Theater Building gets another shot at life (27 Aug. 2007 Oakland Tribune) - has more on Alex Pantages
  2. Downtown Theatre in Oakland, CA (Cinematreasures)
  3. Tribune Press Building today.